17 May '18, 2pm
Atop A Mountain, Colombia's Café San Alberto Takes Cues From Vineyards https://t.co/ZA8wvUftbD
This story begins in Buenavista, the tiniest town in Colombia’s smallest state of Quindío. Here, some of the country’s best-regarded coffees are grown. Here, also, is Café San Alberto , a cafe founded in 2007 that sits atop a mountain, overlooking sprawling farms, where coffee is drunk from wine glasses and baristas and cuppers are like artists. The cafe is connected to Hacienda San Alberto, whose operation has been overseen by the same family for three generations. The commitment to the farm is paying off—this year, one of their coffees fetched the highest price in the National Quality Competition, which was held by Colombia’s national coffee growers federation. Juan Pablo and Gustavo Villota, brothers and the newest generation overseeing San Alberto’s operations, were in France touring vineyards when they had the idea to try translating the experience of drinking wine in...